When Kevin called me while I was teaching, I knew it was not good.
I knew he had an appointment with our vet because our sweet Rascal was sick.
He told me that it was cancer and that Rascal had 1 month to live.
I fought back tears throughout the day as I taught my 1st graders. When I got home, I sobbed throughout the night.
We didn't share the news with Charlie and Jack. However, Luke is 10 and he knew something wasn't right. He could see how sick Rascal was and he observed our sadness.
His relationship with Rascal was unique and his heartbreak was tangible.
The night before we put Rascal down, he plopped down on the carpet with the boys while we were having a "sleep over" and movie night. He knew. It was such a sad, yet beautiful moment for us.
For the last 6 weeks our house has been too quiet. The sound of paws on the wood floors and clanking of the dog collar were terribly missed.
We knew it was time to start looking for our next dog. In comes Lab Rescuers of San Diego. They rescue labs from high kill shelters and find forever homes for these sweet dogs.
Shortly after beginning our search, we found Lady. She was given up by a family who could not keep her because they were moving. Then she was adopted from the shelter, but brought back because the owner's little dog could not adjust to a new dog in the house.
The poor girl was given up twice.
Now this loving, docile girl has her forever home.
And a forever spot in our hearts.